Saturday, January 17, 2015

A late welcome to 2015


I looked at this blog with the guilty realization that I did NaNoWriMo and then was exhausted by writing and stopped dead in the water.  I have been teaching full time, and being a Grandma to 8 month old Daisy, and giving a lot of rides to her parents who have two jobs and their own apartment but no car yet.  Don't mistake me, getting to see my son's family every day is not a chore or a curs.  It is a delight and a blessing, but it does take time I might have been writing - OR NOT.

Sometimes I think the creative mind needs to switch off at time and spend those down periods gathering info and letting ideas simmer on the back burner for awhile.

recently that creative side has become bored by inactivity and is stretching and begging to get moving again.  I just read a study that said kids need to spend time bored before they really ever turn on the creative thinking.  I believe that and I think it is true for all of us.  It is why the school's use of scripted lessons which fill every minute concerns me.  


Do you ever want to do something that terrifies you? Well, I love to have strangers read my books and post reviews, but it is scary to have friends do the same. So for February my book club (which just read Orphan Train and The Invention of Wings) is going to not only read my book, but come to my house to eat dinner and discuss it. Those who know me know I don't do the hostess thing. Unless you feel like family you don't come in the door usually. It's a old house decorated in Early American Yard sale and painted in Crayonbox colors to hide the termite damage. But I already invited them and who would have guessed they'd agree? YIKES! http://www.amazon.com/Duffy-Barkley-Tales-Uhr…/…/ref=sr_1_3…


 As always in winter here, it has been gloomy and rainy interspersed with brilliant sunrises and blue sky and green grass.  I haul the firewood every now and then but it is often not even cold enough to need to heat the house.


If you have been feeling low energy and possibly guilty about it, remember to be kind to yourself.  It is OK to let yourself sit plugged in to the chatter and appear like nothing is getting done for awhile.

Friday, November 7, 2014

Isn't it fun to Nano?








Many moons age, I think back in 2008, when I first discovered the concept of writing a novel in the 30 days of November, it sounded crazy.  But I did it, and then repeated it some more.  Now I love writing that quick and unedited 50,000 words. I know the book is a long way from finished by then. I know it has taken me at the very least, a year, to add enough more to the story, cut the things that don't work, check that I spell characters names the same all the way through, make sure my story actually follows the map, edit the spelling and punctuation and design a cover.  Still the freedom of just sitting down and telling a story, is what I love the most.


This month I am not starting from scratch, but starting at a point where I have two novels I've been working on, and adding a total of 50,000 new words to them.  I am hoping to find out why Duffy and his Aunt and sister have been thrown into the midst of storms and battles and a plague and why I have at least 7 threads going that don't seem to have a resolution yet.  I feel like my characters know more at this point than I do and are all standing around begging for my attention to their story.  Ay least seven voices in my head saying, "Pay attention, This is what happens next!"


That still isn't crazy.

Crazy are those people doing the novel in a day challenge.  50,000 words in 24 hours?

NEVER


but they keep doing it

Monday, October 13, 2014

Goodereads Giveaway Winners announced



If you signed up for a chance to win one of my picture books through the Goodreads Giveaway program, Thank You.  I was offering 4 copies each of both picture books and I was overwhelmed by how many people thought they looked interesting enough to go through the hoops required to sign up. 1727 people total. Unfortunately there could be only 8 winners.  I wish I could afford to share more now, as I think of each copy out there in the worlds a hard working ambassador, teaching kids to love books and telling the world to look at what else I have written.


 For the Rainbows Around Us book of colors

The Winners are

Kathryn D. of Merseyside GB
Wheeler C. of Espanola NM
Arvinder S. of West Midlands, BG
and
Jan B. of Everett, WA






And the winners for Moonrise are

Alan B. of West Sussex GB
Kkritika V. of Haryana India
Greg D. of West Midlands GB
and
Christina D. of Hamilton, New York

Again, Thanks to all who participated and spread the word.  Now hoping for at least a couple book reviews posted.  Fingers Crossed.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Book Giveaway still on until October 9

Mid September and I almost typed, mid August, Lol.  Life moves faster than I do a lot but I keep reminding myself to slow down and enjoy the little things. I love the moments holding my granddaughter and picking the apples and blackberries and walnuts. I love writing books but struggle to move beyond a "level three"  I wish I had bookmarked the article that told of five possible outcomes of self publishing.  I didn't read it all in detail but the description of the results of what was called a "level 3 success" described me pretty closely.  It said this author doesn't make a living and isn't a big seller, but is recognized as a writer among peers and sells a lot to their own community and has a small but wonderful group of fans.  This author is glad to have followed her dreams and made some success but is still searching for how to promote her books to the wider world.  Yes. Pretty much.

so as an incentive to get people to look at my newest books and to possibly get a few 4 or 5 star reviews on Amazon or Goodreads 

I am giving 4 copies away of each book, through Goodreads giveaway program and both links are below. 

If you want to see about al 5 of my books then I am also including the link to my Amazon author page


 https://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/show/106796-moonrise?utm_medium=email&utm_source=giveaway_approved






I am also busy going to the local schools and I carry my books with me and the experience of reading them to the classes is really fun. I have the fun of seeing the things kids notice as I read and of interacting with the pictures and words in a playful way that isn't possible alone at my computer.






 both my cat and my artist friend here are victims of having me read the picture books out loud to them.  Yes even the cat, as it is easier to hear how the books read out lout and i worry less about how  I sound out loud with any kind of audience than with my voice echoing in an empty room.

So if you are interested in books to read to infants and preschool and kindergarten children, sign up for the giveaway, and if you are interested on fantasy or historical fiction check out my novels as well on Amazon.  Thank you

Friday, September 5, 2014

Two New Book Giveaways Via Goodreads, Children's books this time

 I love words and pictures, and have before this ventured to put my novels out into the world but hesitated over my paintings and photographic collections.
 Then at the end of August I published two kids picture books, and yesterday my first tangible copies of the books arrived in a brown box left on the front stoop.  I usually say porch, but Grandma called it a stoop, and she feels tied to these successes because she read picture books to me all through my childhood.

 I am giving 4 copies away of each book, through Goodreads giveaway program and both links are below. Hopefully that will get me a few book reviews but I won't hold my breath, because book reviews are hard to get, even when people read and love your books.  Not all readers want to write anything.

If you want to see about al 5 of my books then I am also including the link to my Amazon author page


 https://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/show/106796-moonrise?utm_medium=email&utm_source=giveaway_approved






Rainbows Around Us: A Celebration of Color

Authored by Dixie Dawn Miller Goode

List Price: $15.00
8.5" x 8.5" (21.59 x 21.59 cm)
Full Color on White paper
62 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1500991944 (CreateSpace-Assigned)
ISBN-10: 1500991945
BISAC: Juvenile Nonfiction / Art / General

This book includes photographs and words to help children celebrate the beauty of the world around them. It is designed to be read aloud to a young child just learning their colors, and read by older children as they gain independence. There are a few brief definitions of more complex color theories including, shade and tint and monochrome pictures.


Rainbows Around Us Kindle



Moonrise: A Love Song For My Babies

Authored by Dixie Dawn Miller Goode
 
List Price: $12.00
8.5" x 8.5" (21.59 x 21.59 cm)
Full Color on White paper
26 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1501000201 (CreateSpace-Assigned)
ISBN-10: 1501000209
BISAC: Juvenile Fiction / Bedtime & Dreams

A lullaby and finger paintings for my sons, and granddaughter, and the children you love.






This looks like more than 5 but there are covers to books still in progress as well as the ones I have in print and kindle.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Of Colors and Lullabies and Dreams

One of my goals this summer was to finally publish two of the picture books I have been working on since my sons were babies. Well, as you know, now my sons are in their 20's and I am a grandmother.  The summer will be winding down with this next weekend and Labor Day brings school around here.

So I struggled through the learning curve and figured out what I ended to do with formatting and took a big breath and decided that I love these two story/poems and the pictures I created, and even if some people don't love them, I need to be brave enough to give them a chance.

I am introducing these books here, because I need to stop keeping them a secret,

Rainbows Around Us: A Celebration of Color

Authored by Dixie Dawn Miller Goode

List Price: $15.00
8.5" x 8.5" (21.59 x 21.59 cm)
Full Color on White paper
62 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1500991944 (CreateSpace-Assigned)
ISBN-10: 1500991945
BISAC: Juvenile Nonfiction / Art / General

This book includes photographs and words to help children celebrate the beauty of the world around them. It is designed to be read aloud to a young child just learning their colors, and read by older children as they gain independence. There are a few brief definitions of more complex color theories including, shade and tint and monochrome pictures.

Rainbows Around Us Kindle


Moonrise: A Love Song For My Babies

Authored by Dixie Dawn Miller Goode

List Price: $12.00
8.5" x 8.5" (21.59 x 21.59 cm)
Full Color on White paper
26 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1501000201 (CreateSpace-Assigned)
ISBN-10: 1501000209
BISAC: Juvenile Fiction / Bedtime & Dreams

A lullaby and finger paintings for my sons, and granddaughter, and the children you love.







an introduction to My Love Song to my Babies

Moonrise


back cover
front cover


seagull
Tonight, my love, the moon shall rise
the sandman come to dust your eyes.

His sand has heard the dream gull's cries
beside a sea 'neath silver skies.



The pillow cool beneath your head,

all star lit is your feather bed 
which glides the moonbeams like a
sled, above towns which glitter blue and red.


and my second picture book is an introduction to Colors and a celebration of their beauty
 to be read aloud 
and then read independently and studied.

Presenting  

Rainbows Around Us
on kindle and paperback
                                           
back cover



front cover

Complimentary Colors

Rainbows

Red

 If I could tell you about Red

I would sing to you of fire
Sweet like cherries
Burning like cinnamon
Smelling like a rose in the sun


Again, thank you for reading, and have a wonderful Autumn

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Doing what I do, every Fall

I have been reading and writing book reviews.

I have been conversing with other authors and with some of my own readers.  I have been walking on the beach and baking blackberry custard pies.

I have been sweeping my floors, and then not mopping them - which is good right, because California is in a drought and all the spare water we might have had has been being used in the ice bucket challenge.

Nothing against the Ice Bucket Challenge.  Two of my friends lost spouses to that nightmare disease, and an old High school class mate just lost her aunt to it days ago. I'm glad that ALS research is getting attention - and I'm laughing at the videos, or getting teary eyed.

What I am not doing is writing. My Novels that is.

One of the authors whose books I have been reading is Michael Angel and after I read and reviewed two of his Fantasy and Forensics books,




 he sent me a message thanking me and trying to entice me into reading a book from another series. It is tempting. I enjoyed his books but there is Duffy's third book waiting, or the next Double Time book stuck between Pompeii and Mt. St. Helens.  My books, patiently waiting my attention.

Mr. Angel tells me, "Oh, c'mon, what could a chapter or two hurt? And a third of the way through the book you get to meet a cute pegasus colt named 'Thunderbolt the Wondercolt!'"

Which prompted me to reply, "Yeah, but if I get back into Duffy's world I get to hang with a sea Monster and a Unicorn/centaur cross with attitude. I get to play with micro monkeys on a bouncing forest floor and referee a war between two sides of an Island shipwreck. Why am I resisting? Oh, yeah, because I'm at 60,000 words in book 3 and no road map of where I'm supposed to be weaving all these threads together!"

The Truth is, I do love my own books - but Fall throws me out of my game every year.  After summer with my teacher husband around, and being untethered from clocks, the start of school and alarm clocks and big empty stretches of time suddenly alone, waiting for a call to substitute teach from teachers who are not yet established enough to be comfortable being ill for a day. I feel restless and bored, depressed and excited, like I should have made more out of summer but I have this wonderful new beginning so I should make resolutions and be better at everything this new year.

This book is waiting for me to finish it!

The truth is, there is a new set of students to read my books to, and to convince that they want to be writers, and there are two books getting close to done. There is also an amazing 4 month old granddaughter to snuggle. 
 Life is Good.